Skate deck used by transgender skater, Cher Strauberry

Skate deck used by transgender skater, Cher Strauberry

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Skateboard is maple wood laminate and was used by transgender skater, Cher Strauberry is one of two pieces. This piece is the larger of the two pieces and there is a rough edge with exposed wood where the board was cracked in half while Strauberry was performing a trick. Strauberry is a transgender skater celebrating her first signature deck made by her friend, Stevil Kinevil. He said he made the board, “to celebrate her as a talented skateboarder, but additionally to recognize and honor the diversity of the community who frequents the parking lot where we first met, and spend time together on a weekly basis.” He relates how “transgender skaters haven’t been a visible component in our community until recently” which he wanted to celebrate through this board.
Strauberry describes the board she donated to the museum, “This was the first cher skateboard I ever set up, I went out filming with my friends from unity skateboards, we went to the Oakland California city hall building there's a set of stairs right outside the front of the building and I was doing a back side heelflip down them, 6 big steps, I've landed the trick before and also broke my board on that exact trick too! I tried it five times and broke the nose off on the last try, I was filming my best friend Mae after and she broke her ankle on the same stairs, the rest of the day was spent in the ER, her with her broken foot and me holding what was left of the first Cher board.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
skatedeck
skateboard
date made
2018
Physical Description
wood, maple (overall material)
grip tape (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 25 in x 9 in x 1 3/4 in; 63.5 cm x 22.86 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
2019.0038.01.2
accession number
2019.0038
catalog number
2019.0038.01.2
subject
skateboarding
LGBTQ
Transgender
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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